NTSB Identification: CEN09CA372
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, June 22, 2009 in Albuquerque, NM
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/10/2009
Aircraft: CESSNA 177 RG, registration: N1876Q
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

While entering the traffic pattern, the pilot was unable to locate the runway and was assisted by tower personnel. The pilot later told a Federal Aviation Administration inspector that while on final approach he was high and that his airspeed was ten miles per hour (mph) slower than the normal approach speed of eighty mph. During the landing the airplane stalled, struck on the nosewheel, and bounced twice into the air. The pilot added power in an attempt to go around, but the airplane impacted the runway, causing the left main landing gear to collapse. The airplane departed the left side of the runway and came to rest approximately one hundred yards to the east. The pilot, the sole occupant of the airplane, was uninjured. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the tail section, both main landing gear, and the left wing tip. At the time of the accident, the pilot had flown approximately ten hours that day.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

The pilot's failure to maintain adequate airspeed while landing, resulting in an aerodynamic stall.

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